I am a total newbie when it comes to home theater and surround sound, and am currently installing my first surround setup ever. So far I have purchased 2Polk Audio Monitor 50s for my fronts, Polk CS1 for my center, and 2 Polk Monitor 30s for my side surrounds. I don't really need any help w/ components to buy....what I do need help with is how best to place everything in my small room (once I get a sub and a receiver, of course).
My room is roughly 16 feet long by 11 feet wide, with a ceiling of about 7.5 feet. The room is very rectangularish. Currently I have a 32-inch 720p HDTV in there, and I prefer to watch it with the tv placed along the shorter 11-foot wall....this way I have more space in front of and behind my viewing position, and much less space on the left and right sides. This is done mainly b/c it just gives me more room to walk around freely.
Is it better to have the tv+front and center speakers along/near the 11-foot wall, or the longer 16-foot wall? If I leave things the way they are now, I think I would have plenty of space behind me to accomidate rear surround speakers for a 6.1 or 7.1 setup.....If I set things up the other way, I would have tons of space to the sides of my viewing/listening position, but not as much space in front of and behind me. I might not have enough room to put in some rear surrounds behind me if I do things that way, and if given a preference of a 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 setup, I would prefer at least a 6.1.
It seems that in most of the surround setup pics I look at, everyone always has their tv+fronts+center setup along the longest wall, not the shortest wall. I would assume this is the way it is supposed to be done so that the side surrounds aren't cramped practically right up beside the listener. What do you guys think? Does it matter? Is my room too small for even a 6.1?